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Fire Safety Tips for the Winter and Holiday Season

Here are some tips to keep your family safe this winter.

The holidays and winter can be a wonderful time of the year—but only if you're safe.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) are providing tips to prevent fires during a season of dry Christmas trees and space heaters.

According to the NFPA, a fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. To see how quick, watch the video found in the media gallery above.

Here are some tips from both the NFPA and NFSA:

  • Make sure that trees are at least 3 feet from any heat source—fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, lights, et al.
  • Do not place trees where they are blocking exits.
  • Water your trees daily. For the recipe to a tea concoction that helps to extend the lives of trees, click here.
  • Replace strings of lights that have worn or broken cords/bulbs. Don't use lit candles to decorate trees.
  • Turn off your Christmas tree before leaving your house or going to bed.
  • Limit your use of space heaters and never leave them unattended. 
  • Check your smoke detectors to ensure that they are working properly and have full battery power.
  • Have an escape plan and keep emergency numbers handy.

Allegheny County officials are also offering a list of resources to help you and your family. To check out the safety tips, click here.

This article originally appeared on the Plum-Oakmont Patch.

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Margaret French December 17, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Great tips. How many actually watched this video? Such a shame that nobody is commenting on this and everyone is bickering over other issues on the Patch here.
Margaret French December 17, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Keep your candles away from things that could catch on fire also, not just the tree. Things like drapes etc.
Greg Marcus September 03, 2013 at 03:40 PM
When the alarm sprinkler system in our office building needed updating and an inspection, I had trouble finding a professional firm, but eventually found Premier Fire Alarms on the internet, they provide 24 hour service and these guys went to the extreme to get the job done. Check out their website www.premierfirefl.com or call (954) 797-7692.

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